Now She is Witch: ‘Myth-making at its best‘ Val McDermid

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Now She is Witch: ‘Myth-making at its best‘ Val McDermid

Now She is Witch: ‘Myth-making at its best‘ Val McDermid

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The littlest prick and all those stories will simply explode out, shrieking like fat in a fire, and anyone nearby can hear it all. The mummers sections had a "Midsummer Nights Dream" feel about it, and loved the way that they were a band of waifs and strays. It will definitely go down as one of my top reads of the year, and possibly one of my all-time favourites too. I did not connect with the characters, and I found the plot both a bit too drawn out and quite repetitive in places.

A stunning, sharing and beautiful read with its own world and takes you into its own unique medieval world adjacent to our own but full of depth, wonder and danger. Lux’s fate, though, lies elsewhere, up north where “blue glaciers cast up glassy and gleaming on a shore of black sand”. It throws you in at the deep end and slowly unravels a story around you -- whilst simultaneously weaving a tapestry of imagery and very modern observation that really draws the imagination in. It’s little wonder that for a time Lux, who as the novel progresses becomes in turn an actor on a frozen stage, a servant in a hall of delicacies, a food-taster to a lord and companion to a fine lady, is tempted to turn her back on Else’s revenge and set her own dreams of finding freedom in the wild country aside. Photograph: Massimiliano Donati/Awakening/Getty Images View image in fullscreen An eye for striking detail … Kirsty Logan.This is a book where you sit down to review it and end up having to ask yourself, how do I even start to describe it? i don't know why the author felt the need to mention fecal matters so many times but it felt extremely out of place. She is beyond salvation and nothing can be done to save her or her soul, that is until one day when Else finds her alone in the woods.

Wordsmith extraordinaire Kirsty Logan has written what is possibly her best novel yet in a tale that feels as old as the hills but sparkles with formal inventiveness. We join her story when her mother dies suddenly and she almost ends with the same fate as the angry mob-like villagers forcing her out of her home by committing the only thing which is imaginable in the cruelty of that era; arson. I liked the majority of "Now She is Witch" by Kirsty Logan, a very different witch story to those I've read in the past. This duality and internal conflict between the two women show how women during this age of witches and witch trials, could be convinced that women were the problem and men were the saviours.

From the snowy winter woods to the bright midnight sun; from lost and powerless to finding your path, Now She is Witch conjures a world of violence and beauty - a world where women grasp at power through witchcraft, sexuality and performance, and most of all through throwing each other to the wolves. From the snowy winter woods to the bright midnight sun; from the horrors of plague to the relief of healing; from lost and powerless to finding your path, Now She is Witch questions the oppositions that shadow our lives.

Logan’s examination of issues of gender and power may not be desperately original but it’s thoughtful and heartfelt. Kirsty Logan shows the limited choices left to these women, and draws the reader into their struggles to take control of their own lives. I'm very pleased to say that I loved the writing again here, but I found the storyline equally palatable.Whether Logan is describing a dismembered bear whose lopped-off parts are handed out as favours at a banquet, or a gory flagellant’s parade, the images we are offered snap and sizzle with portent and possibility. It's a very stylish and competent read -- I've read a few things by Kirsty Logan before and never really enjoyed them, but I've always appreciated their ability to string together words in a compelling way. I was looking forward to sinking into her newest novel, but I found myself distanced from it throughout.

Normally, this might be a little frustrating, but Kirsty Logan manages it so deftly that what it does is hook you further and further into the story.The relationship between Lux and Else was very carefully done, and there was a real slice of humanity to be found in so many of the various characters Lux falls into step with along the way.

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